Poem 1

A Speck


a mediocre cup of coffee

why bother?

unless you are desperate –

feeling like a small speck of humanity

in the great universe


and needing a boost

of something

adrenaline or anticipation


a future that has safety

written into it

a peace beyond your circumstances


not catastrophes or peril

no rage or pain

to stifle joy


a new identity

in the twinkling of an eye


lose the scars

lose the losses

lose the emptiness


will anyone recognize the new me?

what does true freedom look like?


no longer a prisoner

no more darkness

no more loneliness


i sigh with longing

i await the new dawn


in the old but new universe

not a quaint little place

but a grand landscape to explore